Tips for living with
Crohn’s disease.

Whether you’ve had the condition for a while or been recently diagnosed, gathering the latest insights is an important part of living with Crohn’s disease.

Keep on top of new findings or research from your doctor. Or regularly check out resources for support from Crohn’s foundations, including the Web site Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, a leader in education, research, and support for Crohn’s disease and UC.

When it comes to diet and Crohn’s, everyone is a little different.

Crohn’s symptoms vary from person to person and change over time. So learning what foods won’t aggravate your Crohn’s symptoms sometimes involves trial and error.

You may also want to work with your doctor to create a nutritious diet plan with practical goals that meet your specific needs. Then, stick to it.

The role of stress in Crohn’s.

As with diet, stress does not cause the onset of Crohn's disease, but it can often aggravate its symptoms.

The techniques below may help you manage stress levels (before trying, please consult your doctor):

  • Mild physical exercise
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Some form of counseling
  • Support group discussion

Tips on having an open mind and an active life.

The unpredictable nature of some of its symptoms may deter people with Crohn's from leading more active lives. But there are ways to be prepared for unexpected symptoms- like carrying a Restroom Request Card, extra tissues, and medication you might need while you're away from home—and it's important to maintain some form of activity level. See below for a few tips on keeping an active life.

  • Choose familiar activities
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Bring along extra tissues and medications
  • Invite a close friend or family member

Did you know?

There is no proof that
stress brings about
Crohn’s disease.

But emotional stress
can influence the
symptoms of Crohn’s